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Time is a brutal enemy of youth and exuberance. Time makes cynics of us all. Time is the universal truth serum that reveals all authenticity. Time will tell, but the announcement yesterday by Google may change the faces of AJAX development, strike that, Google's announcement may change web development for evermore. This cynic heard an announcement yesterday that changed his viewpoint and beliefs on the future of web development. Certainly, in the recent past, the chances of doing an entire application in AJAX seemed remote for the vast sea of developers. The thought of writing a rich application in JavaScript, for most developers, is total anathema - akin to having one's body shaved and thrust into a pool of warm alcohol. Please don’t write and plead for a change in my aversion to writing metric tons of JavaScript, for my heart isn't in it  - as most developers' ... (more)

BeanShell & DynamicJava: Java Scripting with Java

The past three articles in this series have highlighted the strengths of scripting languages. They're interactive and dynamic, and allow you to experiment, debug and prototype solutions quickly. However, the most common response when I speak to die-hard Java fanatics is, "Yeah, but I'll have to learn another language and I already know Java" (I consider myself a die-hard Java fanatic to a degree). To be honest, this is a barrier that most won't cross. But what if you could have the best of both worlds? What if you could have your cake and eat it too? Well, in a sense you can. Y... (more)

Developing with DCOM & Java

Developing distributed components with Java and DCOM (distributed component object model) simplifies developing distributed applications. If you know CORBA or RMI, DCOM is easy to learn. Microsoft's Java Virtual Machine makes developing COM and DCOM components painless. DCOM currently ships with the Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 98 operating systems. It's also available for download for the Windows 95 operating system. In addition, there are efforts to make DCOM available on a number of UNIX platforms. Many of the Java application server providers, such as BEA's WebLogic J... (more)

Interview...with Mike Cowlishaw

Interview...with Mike Cowlishaw Creator of NetRexx R. Hightower: Have you considered an open- source license? M. Cowlishaw: Until recently the licensing issues seemed something of a minefield with so many different ideas on what open source should be. Also, my translator/compiler is very much a research scaffolding (for example, it has hooks, which look like dead code, for multiple input syntaxes). At the moment I'm (finally) implementing the interpreter pathways, which is very much a work in progress; this sort of thing is much easier to do when only one person is working on the ... (more)

Interesting Times in the Java Enterprise

Robert F. Kennedy once said, "There is a Chinese curse which says, 'May he live in interesting times.'" The enterprise Java space is "interesting." Not too long ago, folks like Bruce Tate, Gavin King, and Rod Johnson were pushing lightweight frameworks such as Spring and Hibernate, and there is still a lot of true innovation going on with AspectJ, Spring, Hibernate, WebWork, JBoss (method invocation handlers), and more. This lightweight POJO revolution shook the enterprise Java world. Having endured building applications with EJB 2.x and Struts, using Spring and Hibernate was lik... (more)